ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS

April 10, 2024

Introduction
When a hurricane strikes, it poses significant threats to your home and its appliances. One crucial system that requires special attention is your air conditioner (AC). Properly securing your AC unit helps safeguard it from potential damage caused by high winds, flying debris, and flooding. In this article, we will outline essential steps and precautions homeowners can take to protect their air conditioner during a hurricane.

Turn off and unplug the AC unit: As soon as a hurricane warning is issued, turn off your AC system from the main power supply. Additionally, unplug the unit to prevent any power surges or electrical damage that might occur during the storm.

Secure the outdoor unit:
Clear the surroundings:
Remove any loose objects or debris near the outdoor unit that could become hazardous projectiles during high winds. Trim nearby trees and shrubs to minimize the risk of branches damaging the AC unit.
Use hurricane straps or brackets: Install hurricane straps or brackets to securely fasten the outdoor unit to its concrete pad or mounting platform. These metal straps will help prevent the unit from shifting or overturning during strong winds.
Cover the unit: Use a waterproof and sturdy cover designed for air conditioner protection. Ensure it is appropriately secured to prevent water from seeping into the unit.

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Protect the condenser coil and components:

Install hail guards:
In areas prone to hailstorms, consider installing protective grilles or screens over the condenser coil to prevent damage from hailstones.

Secure the fan blades: If your AC unit has removable fan blades, remove them and store them in a safe place until the storm passes. This prevents the blades from bending or breaking due to high winds.

Reinforce windows and doors: Strengthening your home's windows and doors is crucial for preventing wind-driven rain and debris from entering your property and potentially damaging your AC unit. Consider using storm shutters, impact-resistant windows, or plywood boards to fortify vulnerable openings.

Prepare for potential flooding:
Flooding can cause severe damage to your AC system.

Take the following precautions:

Elevate the outdoor unit:
If your property is prone to flooding, consider raising the outdoor unit onto a sturdy platform or pedestal to protect it from standing water.

Seal entry points: Use waterproof caulk or weather-stripping to seal any gaps around the air conditioner lines, electrical conduits, or other entry points that could allow water to enter the unit.

Shut off power: In the event of significant flooding, shut off power to your entire home, including the AC system, to minimize the risk of electrical hazards.

Conclusion:
Protecting your air conditioner during a hurricane is crucial to ensure its longevity and functionality after the storm has passed. By following the steps outlined above, homeowners can significantly reduce the risk of damage caused by high winds, flying debris, and flooding. Remember, safety should always be your top priority during severe weather events, so consult with professionals if needed and stay informed about local evacuation plans and guidelines.

Speak to a professional and let us help you with your questions and air conditioner needs.

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Written By: Abbott Air Marketing

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